July 16, Medscape Medical News: Bed-sharing infants experience more oxygen desaturations and episodes of carbon dioxide rebreathing than comparable cot-sleeping infants, according to results from a controlled study carried out in New Zealand. Although the study, published online July 16 in Pediatrics, also found that children who experienced those changes generally showed appropriate behavioral and physiologic responses, the authors caution that some vulnerable infants might not exhibit such responses, and therefore might be at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Link to Article
- 9 out of 10 parents believe that placing an infant in a crib on his/her back is a safe sleep position.
- 7 out of 10 parents report falling asleep with their infants—some intentionally, but most unintentionally.
- 4 out of 10 parents believe it is safe for infants to sleep in a bed with another person.